Hay run heroes to deliver another 640 bales to bushfire-impacted region

Aussie Hay Runners (AHR) will head back to the Narrabri Shire to deliver over $60,000 worth of hay to assist the farmers and their families still doing it tough after bushfires late last year.

There will be 20 trucks, travelling a combined 45,620km to transport 640 bales of hay.

Although there are areas that have had some rain, many in the community are still recovering from the impact of the bushfires.

With the continued support of the NSW Rural Assistance Authority, Scott Stevens and the Heyfield Lions Club, two local on-ground coordinators, Linda Widdup and her small team of volunteers and AHR’s large team of drivers, the team is gearing up for their return run.

Widdup, who lives in country Victoria, established AHR in 2019 after seeing the impacts of drought firsthand. Since then, AHR has completed 27 runs, delivering a whopping 31,221 bales of hay, valued at over $2.9 million.

For the next run, tucks will travel to their meet up point of Tomingley on Friday March 15, heading off on Saturday morning via the Newell Highway.

They will travel through Dubbo, Gilgandra and Coonabarabran before arriving into Narrabri around midday.

The trucks will split in two groups and head to their respective depots to unload before jumping back in their trucks to start their long haul back south to Victoria. This will be their eighth run so far for 2024.

AHR says it’s extremely proud to help our farmers.

“It’s not a hand out – it’s a hand up” as Widdup always says. “There are, and always will be, natural disasters and farmers needing our help, so if you can, please make a donation, 100 per cent of your donation will be used to purchase hay.”

The hay on this run has been allocated, however if you are a farmer in the Narrabri LGA and are still in need of assistance, please contact AHR on 0421 972 332.

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